Thang Sum, a pasta maker, is paralyzed after an Easter accident. A fundraiser has already brought in more than $45,000.

CHARLOTTE, NC — The community is rallying around a Charlotte business after one of its employees was involved in a life-changing accident. Pasta & Provisions has been in business for three decades and one of its employees is now paralyzed after a trampoline accident on Easter Sunday.

Rolls of pasta dough are still fed by machines and flattened to form ravioli, but a hand set is noticeably missing in Pasta & Provisions’ kitchen.

“Together we make pasta, ravioli, gnocchi, everything,” Agustin Ortez, a pasta maker, said of his partner at work.

Thang Sum, the assistant pasta maker, is in hospital after a horrific accident on Easter Sunday.

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“He was jumping on a trampoline with his nieces and nephews and doing a few flips and the second flip didn’t go as planned and he landed on his neck and broke his neck,” owner Tommy George of Pasta & Provisions mentioned.

Sum’s doctors said he would no longer walk and could regain the use of his arms. Data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that trampoline-related injuries have increased in recent years.

“We understand how entertaining they can be, but given the nature of trampolines, there are definitely risks. This risk increases if you use the trampoline with other people,” Dr. Karla Robinson, a family doctor, said.

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The Pasta & Provisions team turned their shock and grief into action, launching a GoFundMe page that has already raised over $45,000.

“It’s a true testament to our customers, our employees, and the kind of business we try to run, and it’s just phenomenal, and I’m just blown away by the support,” George said.

“He has always been a shining light. Even though there was a language barrier there, he’s just a great guy,” added Liza Hack, the Providence Road site manager.

They are also looking to add a new item to the menu to help raise funds for Sum. Donations can be made to the GoFundMe page here.

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